How many of you have an amazing partner who is willing to hang up all your pictures and shelves and drapery rods and floral arrangements (you get the picture) – but never has the time?! I do! Mr. Farmboy is amazing at so many things, but apparently he has to work every day to so I can’t use him as often as I would like. Years ago I learned that if I needed anything hung, I needed to learn how to do it myself so that I could get it done when I wanted.
I talk a lot about using a Stud Finder to find the proper place to hang things onto your walls. My Zircon Stud Sensor is one of the number one tools in my tool box. I have showcased the Zircon HD70 in the past that you can read up on here. Additionally I share a youtube video with step by step usage here. It’s an amazing stud sensor at a great price.
I wanted to try the Zircon MultiScanner HD900c while working on my summer bathroom project, to compare the qualities it has. In particular in has live wire detection capabilities. I snagged this guy from Home Depot for $60. Here is the the comprehensive version of it’s amazing talents:
MultiScanner® HD900c OneStep® multifunction stud finder locates studs, metal, and live AC electrical wiring behind walls, floors, and ceilings. The advanced ColorTripTM display lights green in stud scan, blue in metal, and red in live AC scan modes. Screen flashes, or lights, red to alert the presence of live AC in Stud, DeepScan®, and Metal Scan modes. A 4-mode switch makes it easy to change modes, while the ultra-bright display screen, SpotLite® Pointer, and audio tone all indicate the location of the target.
The best part is they are GIVING ONE AWAY RIGHT NOW! Head over to their instagram page here to enter. Winner will be chose on September 30, 2019.
Step One – Buy It
Super easy, here is the link. Or you can get it in the tool section of Home Depot. I am hanging my plumbers pipe shelving from Furniture Pipeline and needed a strong stud to insert my screws into for the best hold. This is why I can’t do any projects without this magic sensor!
Step Two – Open and Add Batteries
Step Three- Take Off the Plastic
Yah, I know this sounds silly, but the last time I bought one I forgot to take it off and was so confused by all the images it displayed. I know, I have issues…
Step Four – Measure
You will lay your sensor against the wall Vertically. There is button to swipe right or left. Left for deep scan and stud scan. Right for metal and AC wire scan. Then push the side button and wait for the beep. You are now ready to go.
As you move along slowly and horizontally on the wall, green will illuminate. This is letting you know it is working. You will be alerted when a stud is close. The arrow will appear when you are in the middle of the stud. This is where you make a mark and know where you can install your screw if you are wanted to hang something into the stud.
The red light will illuminate if you are close to a wire. Once again the arrow will appear when you are right on top of it.
Part Five – Hang
Now that you know where your studs are, you are ready to hang your project. For this bathroom summer project I am hanging heavy plumbers pipe shelving, this is why it was important for me to find the studs.
I added my screws to the marked stud spots and drilled in the pipe fitting (it’s called a flange). Then I added the pipe shelf and the project was done! So easy for me. Before I used a stud sensor I would make so many mistakes with holes because I wasn’t aiming correctly. This little tool makes my life so much better when I am working on projects! Make sure to enter their giveaway here by the end of September!
Have a wonderful end of summer my friends!